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washington, mr. hastings, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. holt, each will control 20 mims. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous con sense that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include this in the bill. the cabin which i have sponsored for several congresses sets a new fee schedule for the 14,000 privately owned cabins in our national forest. it creates the predictable fee schedule that is fair to cabin owners, the forest service and the american taxpayer. h.r. 3397 will replace the current complex and unfair payment system by assigning cabin fees to tiers based on the cabin lot's appraised value. the fees would rise with inflation and otherwise would be a fixed fee. this means that families would no longer face sudden, unexpected jumps to unaffordable levels and the maximum fees are kept from going above $5,000 a year. as considered on the house floor today, the cabin fee act is revenue neutral. the score is zero and i ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, that the c.b.o. score be
scrutiny. later today mr. holt will have an amendment to restore nepa compliance for this land deal and that amendment should be approved. a vote for nepa is a vote for the idea that the average american might have something valuable to say about the management of his natural resources. a vote for the bill without nepa is a vote to shroud this deal in darkness so that its potential impacts on habitat, water quality or recreation remain hidden from public view. mr. chairman, i reserve my time. the chair: does javement the gentleman reserve his time or does the gentleman yield back? does the gentleman reserve his time or -- mr. grijalva: reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington. mr. hastings: i'll advise my friend, i'm prepared to close if he'll yield back. the chair: the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: this is -- i will close at this point. this debate quite honestly, mr. chairman, makes me feel like i'm living in an alternative reality. a reality where the protections of god's bounty on this earth
and applause) hey, what's going on there, mr. molt? nice to see you! is it mr. molt, dr. holt? >> mr. holt. >> stephen: okay, you're not one of those fancy doctors of thought guys. >> i'm a drop dropout. >> stephen: good. you're an essayist and a critic on philosophy, mathematics and science and you have a new book called "why does the world exist: an existential detective story." >> you say that sarcastically. (laughter) >> stephen: that's as sincere as i get. (laughter) first question: why does world exist exist? (laughter) what led you to write this book? >> good question. i was raised in a very religious family. >> stephen: what kind? >> catholic. >> stephen: how religious were you? >> i said the rosary. i did--. >> stephen: basic stuff, basic stuff. >> i confessed my sins. >> stephen: are you still catholic? >> no. >> stephen: well then how religious could your family have been? evidently they failed. >> yeah, they told me this story that the world exists because god--. >> stephen: in the beginning. >> exactly. there's already a book about that, by the way. (laughter) so you listened
is recognized. mr. holt: madam speaker, on this day as on every day we should be working toward a better future for america. which by almost measure, committee markups held, bills voted on, or signed into law this is one of the least productive congresses in more than half a century. by design. everyone knew last year times would be tough. but despite that the house republicans who control the schedule scheduled a year of congressional inaction. their ideology dictates that congress can and should do nothing. there is work to be done. where is the jobs agenda? with just days left in this congressional session, let's get to work. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek wreck -- recognition? the gentleman is recognized. >> madam speaker, the obama administration has said that they have created 4 1/2 million new jobs in the last four years. mr. stearns: but, my colleagues, cnn, along with another group of individuals, in fact a host of other organizations, have really fact checked this claim. they found that despite a surge in temporary hiring for the 2010 ce
. markey: i yield the reminder of our time to mr. holt. the chair: the gentleman has five minutes. mr. holt: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank my colleague, the ranking member on the committee. this republican-led house has already cast 302 soon to be more anti-environmental votes in this congress. in our last week in session before the election in november our only eighth day in session since the beginning of august, the majority now wants to use this precious time when we should be dealing with the nation's economic problems, instead we are planning to consider legislation on the floor that will add to this total of anti-environmental votes. no, there is no war on coal, not by the obama administration or anyone else. mr. markey has explained the market forces at work, but there clearly has been a concerted effort. one out of every five votes we've taken in this congress to reduce protections on our air, on our water, on our open spaces, etc.. now, this bill includes a coal ash title that endangers the health and safety of thousands of communities, provisions that would increase the levels
objection, so ordered. mr. hoyer: i yield to my friend from new jersey, mr. holt. mr. holt: i thank the gentleman. as we have heard the gentleman from maryland say many times, representative is not just a title, it's our job description. we need to hear from our constituents and our constituents have told us over and over again this year what they want. they want middle class tax relief. they want a farm bill. they want the postal service fixed so it can pay its bills. they want passage of the violence against women act. it's a long list of things that they feel we can do to help americans. we have had an opportunity here from people because the leadership had us -- sent us home a month and a half ago where we could hold town meetings while they allowed us to do nothing here. we heard from our constituents very clearly. not just from a small segment, not just from a few special interests. not just from a few percent for whom everything seems just fine, thank you, but we heard from all sorts of americans who say, help. please, get to work. you heard this is the least productive congr
. hoyer: i yield to my friend from new jersey, mr. holt. mr. holt: i thank the gentleman. as we have heard the gentleman from maryland say many times, representative is not just a title, it's our job description. we need to hear from our constituents and our constituents have told us over and over again this year what they want. they want middle class tax relief. they want a farm bill. they want the postal service fixed so it can pay its bills. they want passage of the violence against women act. it's a long list of things that they feel we can do to help americans. we have had an opportunity here from people because the leadership had us -- sent us home a month and a half ago where we could hold town meetings while they allowed us to do nothing here. we heard from our constituents very clearly. not just from a small segment, not just from a few special interests. not just from a few percent for whom everything seems just fine, thank you, but we heard from all sorts of americans who say, help. please, get to work. you heard this is the least productive congress in a generation, in a long g
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